Kick-off the Healthy Summer in Tarkington Park series with the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, June 19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tarkington Park, 40 W. 40th Street. RSVP online.
This free Great Places Bicentennial event will include programs and activities to promote health and wellness for families and children of all ages including:
• IMPD Mobile Bike Skills Track for kids to practice bike handling skills. Located in the parking lot north of the Café. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Bike Indianapolis all-ages group bike ride around the neighborhood (5-10 miles.) Meet in front of Tea’s Me. Ride departs at 9 a.m.
• Versiti Blood Center mobile blood drive – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on 39th St.
• Raphael Health Center COVID-19 vaccination info and Johnson & Johnson shots available between 10 a.m . – 3 p.m. on 39th St.
• Catch the Stars Foundation basketball clinic for boys & girls ages 7-15. 10-11 a.m. at basketball courts. Pre-registration required.
In recognition of the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, Portia Sholar Jackson, Artists Building Community Fellow with Arts For Learning Indiana, has arranged the following program:
11 a.m. – The Call and Opening Ceremony – Naeemah Jackson AKA Iyagba Oshunkoya with Sancocho Music
11:15 a.m. – Sancocho Music
12 noon – Epiphany Dance Collective (interactive African dance troupe)
1 p.m. – Music for your Soul featuring Mark Peay
2 p.m. – Juneteenth Memories with Portia Sholar Jackson
3 p.m. – Manon Voice & the Clint Breeze Groove Trio
The following community organizations, wellness groups and nonprofits will be on hand to distribute literature and information:
• Bike Indianapolis
• Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association
• Crown Hill Neighborhood Association
• Indiana Youth Group
• Indy Public Library
• Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
• Midtown Indy/ Great Places
• MLK Center
• National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Indianapolis (NAMI)
• Stop the Violence Indianapolis
• Versiti Blood Center of Indiana
• Voter Registration
Please stay home if you are sick and/or exhibiting any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or sore throat.
Masks must be worn inside Tea’s Me Café and at the two healthcare provider locations. Physical distancing should be observed within the park to comply with Marion County Health Department COVID-19 guidelines. Masks may be required outdoors in crowded conditions.
Brought to you by IndyParks, Parks Alliance of Indianapolis, Midtown Indy, MLK Center, Tea’s Me
This event would not be possible without the generous financial support of the Marion County Public Health Department, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Midtown Indy.
Community partner organizations include: Arts for Learning Indiana, Bike Indianapolis, Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, IMPD, Indiana Youth Group, Peace Learning Center, Raphael Health Center, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana.
Special thanks to: Kimberly Meals Estep, Naeemah Jackson, Portia Sholar Jackson, Sabae Martin, KI NuMedia